love boutique style yoga studio, amazing classes, great teacher, great workout, best yoga, especially like elizabeth, always very clean hardwood floors
the best yoga!. I feel like I was never doing real yoga until I went to this studio. It's such a great and therapeutic environment and you can go at your own pace. I particularly love Noelle's class, but get there early b/c the space fills up soon!
pure yoga with no crap.. FINALLY!!. SO I finally found a studio in valley that doesn't have the nonsense that seems to be ALL OVER the L.A. Yoga scene and I am in LOVE!! Here, it's all about yoga and family. That's it. Do what you can do and YES, MY FRIENDS you will be challenge but you won't have some teacher telling you "grab your block, strap, wall, hook, umm.. sledghammer, belt, towel.. uhhh whatever it takes to get into the pose!".. ugh. They give you modifications for the poses you can't do and the studio is small enough that everyone is kept an eye on especially if you tell them you are new. I've seen several students walk in BRAND NEW to yoga and in Mark's class and he tells them "dude, just touch your ankles-it's OKAY" Whatever "level" any of us students are at we are all getting an insane workout and in an awesome meditation at the end. Some of my favorite teachers are Mark-he's awesome.-his wife, Elizabeth, Milena (lovely!) -she's a 101 class (there are 3 of these a week!) and Grace..I do like Noelle but a lot of hoping around for me. The studio is a family.. seriously they all just love each other and I remember it was like my fourth class and 2 of the female teachers were talking and everyone joined in and then I joined in.. and the next thing you know.. if was coffee at Aroma time.. this studio shouldn't be missed! oh yes, park in the
Plain and simple, this studio changed my life. I have always loved yoga but could never find classes that were challenging enough. I did bikram for over a year, settling for migraines after every class and rude instructors, just because I wanted to at least sweat in a class! If I'm going to yoga, I want a physical and mental work out, not a yawnfest.
Enter Mark Blanchard's Power Yoga. Never have I experienced such a sense of love and community in a studio. Mark and Elizabeth employ skilled, caring instructors who will push you to your limit but stop to help you along the way (my faves are Grace, Noelle and Beau). When I first came to the classes I thought I'd never be able to get into the headstands, arm balances, etc. but less than a year later I'm doing them and it's truly because this studio and its instructors have opened me up in ways I never dreamed possible.
For those who are newer to yoga, I definitely advise going to a beginner's class first because from there on out there are no class "levels." That being said, the instructors always provide variations on poses so that you can decide how far to push yourself.
real yoga without the fluff.
Not sure what the reviewer behind me was talking about. Mark is not inappropriate. (I LOVE the coment someone left for her! Ha ) His adjustments are spot on and he adjust everyone-men and women the same way. "Laratruth" needs to go to an ashtanga class (which is what power yoga is based on) and see what THOSE adjustments are like. If she is so busy noticing what Mark is doing then she isn't really practicing yoga -ie: listening to her breath and being in the present moment. She sounds really bitter or even immature. I do agree-I think the employee she's talking about was his wife.. a lot of people don't know that's his wife.
BUT everyone there is like family and they're always hugging each other all the time. If his wife doesn't have a problem why would anyone else?
What I love is ... ALL of his teachers adjust the same way -take his wife's class of Grace! (-amazing!) and you'll find out!. Every teacher sticks to the philosophy that is rare these days-something you'll only find if maybe you travel to India,= No music, no blocks.. just jump in and deal with your ego.
I've been going for 5 yrs now and every time I practice at this beautiful little studio whether it's with Mark, his wife, Beau of any of his amazing teachers my experience has always been the perfect balance of challenging and heartfelt at the same time.
The Emperor Has No Clothes.
I applaud the women who have the courage to honestly tell what their experience was in Mark's class. I took class with him years ago and found him to be uncomfortably touchy feely with the women in his classes as well as his receptionists. He gave me the creeps so I never went back.
I'd forgotten about it and signed up for classes a couple months ago as the studio was convenient. Within ten minutes of being in his class, I got the same feeling again. I even gave him the benefit of the doubt and went twice more, only to witness him basically dry humping several other girls. Make all the excuses that you want to say that this is "appropriate" in a yoga class context, but I've never seen employers stroking the bodies and kissing the necks of their receptionists as they work. Is that part of a yoga practice?
He is an okay teacher but also has a huge ego. Perhaps it was a Freudian slip to put Mark Blanchard before the word yoga. Isn't yoga supposed to be about the practice, not feeding the ego of an aging Lothario teacher with a big gut?
Those of you that protest too much that Mark's adjustments are "appropriate" & he is a "wonderful" teacher, remember: Denial is not a river in Eqypt.
Other than that, I really liked the other teachers. The only drawback there is that all classes seem to start later than scheduled.
great yoga studio. I love this studio! All the teachers I've taken from are great. Especially love Elizabeth and Marks' classes. The classes are intense but everyone there is very cool.
.. there's no place like Blanchard's Yoga ;o) ...
I'll be brief, as I believe most who read reviews (like myself) are seeking the facts and will quickly skim or skip obviously biased monologues about "perfection" and "exquisiteness".
Home-base in NoHo: light, hardwood floors with a few sweet touches (sconces, tea-lights, windows that catch the sun), always very clean and peaceful. Mark's new studio downtown is located in the Reserve Lofts (Olympic/Grand) and has a slightly more industrial feel: stone floors, expansive glass windows, hurricane candle holders ... try both and see which enchants you.
Mark and his teachers all posses their own styles, speeds and focuses, instructing with a noticeable delight in their own presentation. There are no props, music or levels at Blanchard's yoga .. rather there is a definite presence of freedom and the encouragement to try everything without fear, breathe through all challenges and enjoy oneself thoroughly .. Mark places himself no higher than his instructors, teaching daily at both studios with ageless, inexhaustable excitement.
I have long since been a lover of the journey of yoga, but truly could not be more pleased with Blanchard's studio.
The Best Yoga You Will Ever Get. I used to go to the gym for my workout routines and my friend suggested I joined her in a yoga class. I've been hooked to Yoga ever since. There is a wide spectrum of intensity depending on the class/teacher, and I highly recommend two teachers there: Beau and Noelle. I am addicted to these two!! They are not only wonderful teachers but also very nice people. You will get an awesome workout with Noelle and Beau, and they will correct your poses and even help you with those poses that are intimidating. At the end of you the class you will feel amazing. Beau usually teaches on Monday, and you can find Noelle on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. If you are looking for an intense workout in a very friendly environment, check them out!
Power yoga has changed my life!. Over the years I have randomly tried yoga around town and always left feeling the same way.... Stretched, but bored... It wasn't until my girlfriend basically forced me to go to Mark Blanchard's that I had a completely different experience. I left drenched! It was such a challenging workout at first. But now as I continue my practice I am amazed at the things my body is capable of... I can do all these crazy arm balances and headstands! I never knew that was possible... I have to say I have two favorite teachers... Noelle and Grace. These women are so powerful... So inspiring... Come to the studio and try it out. I guarantee you'll become addicted! I am!!
Micro level: intensive workout; Macro level: life changer. Mark's Power Yoga saved my life. I stepped into the studio after the breakup of a highly toxic relationship. After 3 years, 50+ added lbs, and an obliterated sense of self worth, I really wasn't sure it would be possible to ever bounce back. But under the right tutelage, the soul can find resilience, the body can find strength and the mind can find calm. That tutelage is Mark Blanchard's Power Yoga. Elizabeth Folk Blanchard (my sister from another mister) and Andrew Abaria (who sadly doesn't teach there anymore) are whom I credit most for helping me take the greatest strides in my personal journey, but Mark, Grace, John... so many great teachers populate the studio, leading you through an intensive workout for your body and soul, without the new age talk, distracting music or limiting props. It's all about pushing yourself, challenging yourself, but ultimately being honest with yourself. You take yourself to your own edge, you confront your own fears, demons and weaknesses. And under the right guidance, there is nothing more liberating or more beneficial. I'm living proof- down 50 lbs and plus a whole new outlook on life, there's nothing to which I could give a stronger endorsement.
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